On March 1, Malden Catholic's Mock Trial team won both of its playoff match-ups in the MASSBAR Mock Trial Tournament to advance to the statewide Elite Eight for the fourth time in the last seven years.
In October, MASSBAR delivered a case packet to over 130 high school mock trial teams which were divided into 32 regions for the preliminary round of trials in January. This year’s case involved a student claiming a suspension handed down by their school violated their constitutional rights to free speech and due process. Malden Catholic, along with the other winners advanced to the regional round on Saturday, March 1 which was held at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
According to Robert Gregory, Theology and AP Government teacher at Malden Catholic, “This year’s team did not have a tremendous depth of mock trial experience, but they demonstrated an incredibly hard work ethic at all grade levels.” He added, “Our grueling scrimmage and preliminary trial schedule tested the students early and I witnessed a hard-driven team that successfully overcame all of their initial challenges. Now, they are reaping the benefits,” stated Gregory.
The regional opponent pairings were determined when the students arrived at the event along with which side of the case the team had to defend. In the tournament, MC drew Tewksbury as an opponent and in a coin toss, Tewksbury chose to defend the side of the plaintiff. Led by senior captain, Jake Morrow, MC presented a strong defense and emerged victorious. Malden Catholic then advanced to the Sweet Sixteen tournament round in the afternoon and went on to defeat Holbrook in another strongly contested trial where they presented the plaintiff side of the case.
Unfortunately, the team was not able to travel to Boston on Thursday, March 12 for the Elite Eight round of the tournament at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse. The event was postponed, but the MC community is enormously proud of our students and their amazing season.
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